The Bondage Killer-Robert Berdella-Sex Slaves and Pain was His Game.


berdella1Robert ‘Bob’ Berdella was a strange kid who wore thick, black rimmed glasses before he was five. He did well enough in school but he was bullied by his classmates.

When he was just 16, his father died of a heart attack. His mother quickly remarried. Bob resented it and withdrew, becoming a loner of sorts.

In 1967, Bob enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute and pursued a career as a chef. It was during this time that torture and murder reared it’s ugly head. Three times. First he tortured a duck and then a chicken. Then came the dog with sedatives and tranquilizers. Drugs and alcohol entered his life about the same time.  In 1969, he was kicked out of  college after killing a dog, that he said was for the sake of art. The college didn’t quite see it that way.

But it made little difference to Bob and he went on to be a successful chef.  He was a member of a local chefs’ association and helped with a training program for aspiring chefs. He was a member of his local crime‑prevention and neighborhood‑watch associations. Life was moving along in a productive and positive direction for Bob.

When he was 32 years old, he made some drastic changes. He revealed openly that he was gay and for a brief time was in a relationship with a man. He also opened ‘Bob’s Bizarre Bazaar’ , in which he sold oddities and antiques. His relationship ended and he started spending time with male prostitutes.

In 1984, Bob drugged Jerry Howell. Jerry was one of Bob’s ‘friends’ and a male prostitute. He imprisoned Jerry in his basement and repeatedly raped and tortured him throughout the night. Then he suffocated him to death.

In 1985, Bob invited Robert Sheldon, another ‘friend’, to stay with him for a few days. Just as with Jerry, Bob drugged his friend and held him prisoner in his basement. And, just as with the man before him, Robert suffered repeated rape and torture. But this time it would last over several days and nights before he too was finally suffocated.

In next two years, the killings would quickly escalate.berdellajames

First came Mark Wallace, who had helped him with yard work. After hours of unspeakable torture, he was killed in the same fashion as those before him. Next came James Ferris, a gay man he met at a bar and invited him home. After weeks of sodomy, rape and torture, he too was killed. Then came Todd Stoops. This man was held captive for six weeks, then murdered as the others were. berdellalarryLarry Pearson would be next. After bailing the man out of jail and holding him captive in the basement, Pearson would be beat until unconscious. Later he would be suffocated by means of a plastic bag and cord.

During the course of confinement, Bob would inject the victims vocal cords with drain cleaner and puncture their anal canals with his fist or large objects. He would apply bleach to their eyes and electric shock to their bodies. One man suffered through Bob trying to gauge his eye out just so he could see what would happen.

In 1988, Bob abducted a prostitute named Chris Bryson. Whenberdellachris Bob was at work, Chris managed to escape, jumping from the second floor, out of a window. He fled to a nearby neighbors house. He was naked, save but for the dog collar that was locked around his throat. They called 911 and he told them everything.

The torture chamber was revealed, as were the hundreds of pictures of all of the victims taken with a Polaroid camera, and several, methodical and meticulously kept tortures logs. Every sadistic perversion applied to his victims was documented in perfect, disgusting detail.

Some remains of his victims were scattered in shallow graves about his property. For the majority of his victims however, Bob would place the dead man in the bathtub and slash his body open, allowing the blood to gush from the corpse and down the drain. Then he would dismember his victim, load the parts into garbage bags and toss it out for the garbage men to collect. Several of the heads were buried and a few were stashed in the house on the second floor. None of the victims bodies were ever able to be recovered.

Bob gave a full confession. He also said, that as a youngster, he had watched a movie that had made a lasting impression on him. That movie was The Collector.  He also added that he did not understand why he was being considered a serial killer. He was a good human being who had done some bad things.

He was given two life sentences without parole. He died at age 43 of a heart attack after serving only 4 years.

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